Robert Zemeckis Inks Two-Year Deal With Paramount Television

Paramount Television has signed a two-year, first-look deal with Robert Zemeckis, the company announced Monday, with the first collaboration in the deal set to be a drama series inspired by Nicholson Baker’s best-selling novel “The Fermata.”

The deal encompasses all television programming from the Oscar-winning director, his producing partner Jack Rapke and their production company, Compari Entertainment. “The Fermata” is being adapted by David Hollander.

“Not only is Bob one of the all-time greatest filmmakers but he has been an important member of the Paramount family for more than 20 years,” said Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, in a statement. “His ability to tell and capture a story so brilliantly on any screen is second to none and we look forward to partnering creatively with him, Jack and their team on the television side of our business.”

The best-known credit that Zemeckis and Paramount Pictures share is likely “Forrest Gump,” for which Zemeckis won the Academy Award for director. In 2012, Zemeckis partnered again with the studio for Denzel Washington starrer “Flight.”

“Bob is a masterful storyteller, and we’re thrilled to be developing character-driven, visually creative programming in the television space that reflects his beloved cinematic approach,” said Amy Powell, president, Paramount Television.

“I know Brad and Amy share a deep appreciation for creating inspired entertainment and I look forward to making great television together,” added Zemeckis.

In 2012, Zemeckis and Rapke signed an overall deal with Fox TV Studios.

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